Product Type: ELF makeup
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The most ironically named product ever?
E.L.F Complexion Perfection
Member Name: pink_glitter
E.L.F Complexion Perfection
Advantages: cheap, compact looks nice
Disadvantages: looks like grey dust on the skin, made my skin look dull and quite frankly odd
For someone who rarely wears face powder I seem to own quite a lot of them! I actually have three from budget beauty brand Eyes Lips Face (ELF) and the Complexion Perfection I'm about to review is one of them.
==What is it?==
I own a lot of beauty products so if I see something that looks a little bit unusual or different to the norm, I'm instantly attracted to it, which is why I bought this product. Complexion Perfection is a face powder with a bit of a twist. Rather than one solid block of colour, it is actually split into four sections each containing a different colour of pressed powder. The colours are not what you would normally expect to see from a face powder either, with this compact having a block each of yellow, blue, green and pink.
The idea behind the different colours is that each colour performs a different function. The green is supposed to neutralise red tones in the skin, as is the yellow which is also supposed to give a glow to the skin. The pink I believe is just to brighten the skin and the blue is supposed to tone down any orange in the skin. When all colours are used together the overall effect should be a brighter, more even looking skin tone.
The compact comes boxed as many of the ELF products do and it actually looks quite presentable, so looks wise, I wouldn't be embarrassed to give this as a gift.
The actual compact inside is also rather sleek looking, being all black in colour with just the product name printed in white on the lid. It's a good size too at 13.5g. Open the compact up and you will see a full sized mirror in the lid, which is really handy. I should note that it is a good quality mirror - made of actual glass, which you may take for granted but I have known very cheap brands supply you with terrible stick on shiny film mirrors before now. No applicator is included, but I don't find that a huge problem - in fact if you need a brush ELF do a good range costing between £1.50 and £3.50.
==Application and Results==
To use this, you take a large brush - such as a blusher or powder brush - and swirl it over the powder, so the brush is picking up all four colours at once. You then just sweep the brush over the face as you would with any other powder. Although the palette contains pressed powder, I find that when using a brush lots of loose powder particles gather on the top of the compact and I do need to tap the excess off the brush as the brush loads up with powder very quickly.
I mentioned at the very beginning of this review that I rarely wear powder. The reason for this is that I have dry skin and even if I've moisturised I tend to find powder will cling to dry patches or look caked on my skin. The only exception to this is if I have applied a liquid foundation as a base. I have tried this product both on bare skin and over the top of foundation and have found that both ways give the same results. Foundation or not, the powder does cling very slightly to the dry patches around my nose, but I can barely see this unless I was looking very closely. It certainly wasn't as bad as other face powders I've used, but I think that's where the positives ended.
The main problem was with this product was that it made me look like I had been dead for several weeks! I looked like an extra from a zombie film - my skin had a grey, dull appearance and I felt it put years on me . I do have a lot of redness on my cheeks and the greyish tones calmed that down slightly, but at the end of the day, I'd rather look red than grey! Rather than lift, brighten and perk up my skin, the powder had the opposite effect and made me look tired and ill. It also looks very obvious that I am wearing make up of some sort - to the point it's comical really. On the few occasions I have used this, I've been embarrassed to leave the house, as at best, I look like I've put a layer of grey dust on my skin.
I'll be honest I cannot comment on longevity of the product as I have never used it for a long enough period of time to test this. I've owned it for a while now and every so often I will take it out of the drawer and try it again, only to realise it was as bad as I remembered and have to remove all my make up and start from scratch!
The ironically named Complexion Perfection is available online only at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk for £3.50. The fact that it is relatively cheap cheers me slightly as at least I didn't waste too much money!
Whilst I love the design of the compact and the whole idea of the four different coloured powders, unfortunately in practice it just doesn't work. If the powders had some sort of shimmer rather than being matte I think there is a possibility that would improve things. As it is though this product did the opposite of what it claimed for me, so I would not recommend it and will certainly not buy it again.
Summary: Really disappointing